Feral animals invading deserted cities (videos & images)

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Today's publicized incident: Wild cougar wanders empty streets of Chile's capital

INTRO: A wild cougar made its way to the Chilean capital and spent about 15 hours wandering the city's empty streets before being captured by police and veterinary specialists. Authorities said the puma was first spotted in the city of Santiago around dawn Tuesday and investigators quickly confirmed that it was a wild animal, and not an escapee from the Metropolitan Zoo. (MORE)

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Wandering turkey gives police the slip in Calgary

RELEASE: A beloved neighborhood turkey in Calgary, Alberta, wandered far from its usual territory and was caught on camera giving police the slip. The bird dubbed the Ramsay turkey, or Turk, has been hanging around the Ramsay neighborhood since May 2019, but police said Turk went for a stroll during the weekend, leading to multiple 911 calls Saturday about a turkey loose in the Beltline area. Witness Chase Skakun captured video of an unsuccessful attempt by three police officers to wrangle Turk into a patrol vehicle.

Constable Chris Martin said officers were worried the turkey could wander into traffic or get too close to the nearby railroad tracks. "They thought what they would do is they try to catch him and just bring him back to Ramsay where there's less of a traffic hazard," Martin told CBC News. "A couple efforts were made to try to catch him and get him into a police vehicle ... but he's pretty quick."

Martin said police consulted with Fish and Wildlife officials and eventually decided to leave Turk alone. "Our theory is because everything is shut down because of COVID-19 and there's less traffic and fewer people out, it's less intimidating for him, so we're just going to let him do his thing," Martin told the Calgary Herald.

Martin tweeted an update Sunday. "Turk has wandered over to Manuel Latruwe Bakery, doing his best to support local businesses," Martin wrote. "He is definitely new in the Beltline, but he has not escaped from the zoo & there is no need to call us about him; at this time, there is nothing we can do." ... RELATED: Wild turkey gains celebrity status in Calgary neighbourhood

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Wild goats take over deserted Welsh town during coronavius lockdown

RELEASE: A herd of wild goats has taken over a town centre on lockdown in northern Wales, making the most of their visit to eat hedges and flowers from gardens. The Kashmiri goats, who normally spend their time on the heights of Great Orme, roamed around a deserted Llandudno, destroying everything in their path. "You don’t normally see the goats this far down,” said Llandudno resident Andrew Stuart. “They can come down and get to the bottom of the Great Orme and do so regularly - but I think people and cars usually stop them going much further.” Conwy Council said there was nothing they could do to stop goats wandering into the town.

UPI: ... a herd of more than 100 goats is taking advantage of the coronavirus lockdown by overrunning their neighborhoods and eating their plants. ... A North Wales Police spokeswoman said authorities believe the goats will eventually leave town on their own and officers will not be responding to non-emergency calls about the animal trespassers. (alternate video)

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2nd cougar ventures into quarantined Santiago for food (video)

INTRO: Chilean authorities captured a second cougar in little more than a week late Wednesday after the cat was spotted strolling through an upscale suburb of Santiago amid the evening quiet imposed nationwide. Gavino Garay has more. (MORE - video)

Police chase moose through Idaho city

RELEASE: Residents of an Idaho neighborhood watched an unusual police chase unfolding outside their homes when a moose went for a run through town. Rexburg residents said they noticed police outside their homes Wednesday morning and they looked out their windows to see the officers were chasing after a loose moose. The Rexburg Police Department and Idaho Fish and Game conservation officers chased the moose through multiple neighborhoods until it was finally tranquilized behind a church about 11:30 a.m.

"Moose are large animals and can become aggressive and dangerous when they wander into populated areas," Fish and Game spokesman James Brower told the East Idaho News. "Our primary concern in these situations is human safety followed by the safety of the moose. When a moose comes into town as this one did, it is in the best interest of the public and the moose to relocate the animal to a safe location."

Brower said the moose will be released about 25 miles outside of town, in the Green Canyon area.

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Kangaroo hops through empty streets of Australian city

RELEASE: Police in Australia shared video of a kangaroo speeding through the empty streets of a normally bustling city amid the coronavirus pandemic. South Australia Police tweeted a video showing the kangaroo hopping through the vacant streets of Adelaide, where residents have been instructed to stay home to slow the spread of COVID-19.

"Protective Security Officers tracked a suspect wearing a grey fur coat hopping through the heart of the #adelaide CBD this morning," police joke in the tweet. "He was last seen on foot heading into the West Parklands."

The kangaroo was the latest animal to be spotted wandering through urban areas during lockdown. Residents of a Calgary, Alberta, neighborhood said a herd of deer has taken up residence in the area, while locals in Llandudno, Wales, said a herd of about 122 goats has taken over the streets and yards of the town.


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